Judge halts Key­stone pipe­line project

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – CQ-Roll Call

WASH­ING­TON – A fed­eral judge in Mon­tana halted the progress of the con­tro­ver­sial Key­stone XL pipe­line Thurs­day over con­cerns the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion did not prop­erly con­sider its im­pact on cli­mate change and on vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mal species on the brink of ex­tinc­tion.

Pres­i­dent Trump called the ac­tion a “dis­grace” and a “po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion” in com­ments to re­porters be­fore de­part­ing for his trip to Eu­rope.

The ac­tion marks a set­back for what had be­come a sig­na­ture en­ergy achieve­ment for Trump, who has touted his speedy ap­proval of the pipe­line al­most im­me­di­ately upon tak­ing of­fice in Jan­uary 2017.

That speedy ap­proval of a cross-bor­der per­mit by the State Depart­ment, how­ever, did not meet the stan­dards of the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy Act and the En­dan­gered Species Act, ac­cord­ing to U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Brian Mor­ris.

The judge found the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views were de­fi­cient in their anal­y­sis of the project’s ef­fect on green­house gas emis­sions and en­dan­gered species, among other areas.

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